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21 April 2005
6/2005
Joint Issue

World Heritage - Joint Issue with the U.K.

Australia
Contrasting magnificent natural landscapes with the rich legacy of past societies, the Australia-UK Joint Issue features world heritage sites from both countries. The joint issue is launched at the Pacific Explorer 2005 Stamp Expo.

There are eight stamps in this issue. Four of the stamps feature Australian world heritage sites and the remaining four feature United Kingdom world heritage sites.

The Australian sites were listed as being of outstanding natural heritage whilst the United Kingdom sites are deemed to be of outstanding cultural heritage.

In 1972, UNESCO adopted the World Heritage Convention to safeguard areas which are considered to be of outstanding universal significance. Areas proposed for inscription on the World Heritage List must meet certain criteria to be successful. Australia now has 16 properties on the list; the UK has 25.

Purnululu National Park  

Purnululu National Park

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In the East Kimberley region of Western Australia, the beehive domes of the Bungle Bungle range are its most notable feature.

Heart of Neolithic Orkney  

Heart of Neolithic Orkney

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The excavated monuments in Britain date back 5,000 years. Consisting of a large chambered tomb, two ceremonial stone circles, and a settlement.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park  

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

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In Central Australia; the red sandstone monolith rises out of the surrounding red earth. A familiar site known world-wide.

Hadrian  

Hadrian's Wall

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Built by Roman legionnaires to mark the northernmost boundary of Roman Britain, the wall was commenced in AD 122.

The Greater Blue Mountains Area  

The Greater Blue Mountains Area

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Includes 1.03 million hectares of rugged tablelands, sheer escarpments and deep, gorges and inaccessible valleys inland from Sydney.

Blenheim Palace  

Blenheim Palace

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The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill is one of the largest and most splendid of England's stately homes.

Wet Tropics of Queensland  

Wet Tropics of Queensland

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Comprises 984,00 hectares of tropical rainforest between Townsville and Cooktown.

Stonehenge  

Stonehenge

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One of Britain's greatest national icons and the most sophisticated stone circle in the world.

Technical Information

Issue Date: 2005-04-21
FDI Withdrawal Date: 2005-05-20
Denominations: 4 x 50c, 2 x $1.00, 2 x $1.80
Printer: SNP Sprint
Paper: Tullis Russell
Printing Process: Lithography
Size: 35mm x 35mm
Performations: 14.28 x 14.28
Sheet Layout: Sheets of 20
Special Feature: Four se-tenant pairs
National Postmark: GPO Sudney, NSW 2000
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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